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Maryland construction workers injured after falling from building

There are a number of jobs in the country that carry great risks. From farmers to miners, truckers to factory workers, some jobs come with greater risk than others. One area where workers consistently face danger is in construction, with employers taking a number of precautions to attempt to keep workers safe among heavy equipment and dangerous tools.

Fire officials reported that two Maryland construction workers suffered a work injury after falling more than 20 feet while working on a building. The accident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at a construction site in Laurel, Maryland. Firefighters who arrived at the scene reported that the men fell while working on a four-story building under construction.

Most, but not all, workers are covered by workers compensation. For example those workers that are contract based will not always be covered. Generally speaking, a worker is covered when their injury arises out of or occurred under the scope of employment. For those covered, workers' comp insurance covers expenses including:

  • medical expenses related to the injury
  • wage replacement for missed work or less pay from future employment
  • costs for retraining/rehabilitation
  • compensation for permanent disability

Employees are eligible for wage replacement starting immediately after missed workdays due to the injury. Workers' compensation benefits, however, do not cover pain and suffering.

The Maryland construction workers that fell from the building were taken to a trauma center with serious injuries. Authorities also reported that there was a third worker that was injured after being hit by falling debris. The cause of the fall and falling debris was not known.

Source: The Republic, "2 construction workers injured when they fall 20 feet," Dec. 6, 2012

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